Greetings. I’m Mike Bass and this is the first update of many as I produce the scale model of HMS Beagle.
Traditionally the model would be made the same way as the original vessel -using a ‘wood on frame’ technique where the outer wooden skin would be attached to a framework of inner supports. Because of time restraints I will be carving the hull from a solid material called chemi-wood. This material is resin based and used in the pattern makers’ industry. I like it because it can be cut and sanded and is very stable over a period of time.
I started with an old line drawing of the Beagle scaled to 1:48th.
I marked and cut the chemi-wood into the shape of the hull. The chemi-wood comes in a plank 50mm wide so these become my frame spacing.
Once stuck together I then sand down each section to make a smooth hull shape. Great care must be taken at this stage not to sand too much and constant use of the drawing is essential.
From Mike Bass, the model maker.